Gunston Hall

Museum Shop Holiday Preview Party

November 9, 2017
3 p.m.-7 p.m.

Holiday Preview PartyCelebrate with us as we unveil this year's holiday merchandise throughout the shop. Receive special discounts and offers, as well as complimentary gift wrapping, and snack on light refreshments as you shop.

We look forward to seeing you and a friend at this joyous event!

Meet the Authors: Plantations of Virginia

Charlene C. Giannetti & Jai Williams

Saturday, October 7Plantations of Virginia
11 A.M. - 1 P.M.

Join Charlene and Jai for a complimentary author talk, Q&A session, and book signing at George Mason’s Gunston Hall!

Southern plantations are an endless source of fascination. There are still more than 60 plantations in Virginia today, most of them open to the public. If only walls could talk, the stories we might hear! Learn more about these historic sites and their stories in Plantations of Virginia.

Books will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop (paperback, $21.95). Call ahead to guarantee a copy as quantities will be limited. Purchase two and receive 20% off.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information or to RSVP, please call 703-550-9220.


Revolutionary War Day

May 20, 2017
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Harrison's Continental Artillery with the 2d VirginiaJoin Colonel Mason as he helps prepare the Virginia Militia for battle!  Discover what it took to feed and clothe an army, chat with living history interpreters about living conditions and explore George Mason's house under threat of war.

This program is offered in partnership with the Second Virginia Regiment.  For more information, please contact Lacey Villiva, via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or telephone: 703-550-9220, x237.

Exhibit: Amending America

August 2017-March 2018

Amending America   See our new traveling exhibition from the National Archives, Amending America: The Bill of Rights, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document.  Amending America: The Bill of Rights spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), and illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens.  Featuring facsimile documents, reproduction artifacts, and interactives, Amending America invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution.  This exhibit runs through March 2018.  

Amending America: The Bill of Rights is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and traveled by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives’ National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, HISTORYⓇ, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.

Support for Amending America: The Bill of Rights at Gunston Hall is provided by Burke & Herbert Bank and Tim Rizer of Item, Inc.

Included with regular admission.


Writing Workshop

May 6, 2017
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Writing with a slate penDuring the day-long Gunston Hall Writing Workshop, students have the opportunity to try out different forms of writing, including non-fiction, historical fiction, journalism, and poetry. They also will learn how an author can be his or her own illustrator. A focus for the writing will be key events in George Mason's life. The program, held in the spring, is open to current 4th and 5th graders throughout the region. All sessions, materials, and snacks are included. Reservations are required and space is limited.

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